Lucky to Be Here: Behind the Scenes with Seager
EcoFlow was lucky enough to partner with and provide portable power for the Seager team, an adventurous group from the clothing company inspired by the grit and ruggedness of the Old West, on their expedition down to Baja where they shot the surf film “Lucky to Be Here.” The film follows the Seager Outlaws as they search for the best surf, take on the vaquero lifestyle, and eat the best tacos in Baja. The Seager crew emerged with a captivating short film of the highlights, the mishaps, and everything in between.
We got the chance to sit down with co-founder Case to hear a little bit more about the trip, and get a behind the scenes look into what happened. And we feel pretty lucky to be a part of it.
EF: Can you tell me a little bit more about the beginnings of Seager?
Seager: In 2015, my friends Elliott, Mattson, Calvin and I had this idea to create a clothing company that blends the Old West with classic surf style, so we kind of tried to mesh those two together.
EF: If Seager was an an animal, what would it be?
Seager: Interesting question – let me think… I think Seager would be a mountain lion because of the way we direct our business and the grittiness we’re trying to achieve. We’re unrefined, gritty, and direct. Like a mountain lion.
EF: We’re a tiger, so I think we’re aligned here.
EF: How did that lead to a wild adventure and the short film “Lucky to Be Here”?
Seager: The director, Ryan, came to us with the idea to get a group of our outlaws (what we call our ambassadors, who are also our best friends, and some are first responders) to find new surf spots and just see what happened throughout the trip, without an end goal or mission in mind. Just having the chance to be in good company and have so much fun together – direct and straightforward fun – was awesome.
EF: There’s one scene near the beginning where the crew is riding horses near cows AND drinking their June Shine at the same time – can you tell us a little bit more about that scene?
Seager: We met this woman named Marty through our friends at Baja Bound, and she owns a ranch called Rancho Las Pilas. We met up with her and some of her vaqueros and they showed us the ropes of how to get the cattle go through the carral.
EF: You guys were in Mexico for about a week, and the short film has a run time of just ~11 minutes. What was it like to go through all that footage? Tell us about one of the most exciting moments on the trip that didn’t make the final cut.
Seager: There was so much footage – Ryan shoots 24 hours; he wakes up early and goes to bed late. He worked really hard getting through it all and we came out with something really special.
One amazing moment was actually deleted from the footage. We had spent about 2-3 hours in a fishing village near a lighthouse that was about two and a half hours off of any road – someone told us about this special spot, a surf spot, and we just had to check it out. We didn’t know it would be that far off the path, but it ended up being super magical and unlike anything we had seen before. But all of that footage got deleted!
EF: How many camera men were out in the water? It seems like you guys got lots of awesome shots from different angles – tell us a little bit more about how you made that happen.
Seager: It was cool! So Ryan was shooting from the shore, a guy named Forest was shooting in the water at the same time; Ryan Valasek was also out there, and we had a drone running. Four cameras were always running at once.
EF: Tell us a little bit more about how you guys used RIVER during the shoot.
Seager: We had a lot of equipment out there, and 90% of the trip was totally off the grid. We had 2 REDs, 2 drones, and probably 4-5 cameras; it was great to be in the middle of nowhere, and have an industrial amount of portable power through RIVER and be able to charge all that gear up.
EF: This might be a controversial question… but who’s the best surfer in the crew? The best vaquero or gaucho?
Seager: That is a very controversial question. They all have their own unique styles… they’re all great…
EF: It sounds like everyone should watch the full video and send in your vote…
EF: What was the most noteworthy “mishap” from the week in Baja?
Seager: Wow, probably not finding the best waves. We didn’t really know what was coming, and we didn’t really find anything close to what we were expecting. Conditions weren’t the best.
There’s one moment in the video when the bottom of the Bronco gets stuck – and it looks like we got out pretty quickly, but we were actually stuck for 2-3 hours on the dirt road in a very unfamiliar place.
EF: I love the quote at the end… “It doesn’t always matter how good the waves are, or how much dirt gets on your clothes. What’s important is to get out there and experience something new every now and again.” What’s your next “new”? Can you give us a sneak peak of what’s to come?
Seager: Well, we may or may not be going on a little road trip to the North West of Montana…
That means check out Seager and keep in touch, because something cool is coming down the pike. Thanks for your time, Case!